Hailing from just north of Pittsburgh, PA, The Redlines have taken personal influences and past experience to create their own distinct blend of classic rock & roll with hints of 60’s soul, 70’s punk, and 80’s heartland rock mixed with a touch of power-pop and garage rock. Led by singer and guitarist, Brian Seese, the band has continued to write, record, and perform throughout the region for nearly a decade.
The roots of The Redlines stretch back to 1997 when Seese returned to Pittsburgh after a short but impressionable stint in Las Vegas in order to, among other things, start a new band. It was through this new band that he met future bass player for The Redlines, Tony Vinski. Fast forward to 2010, looking to start yet another band, Seese enlisted Vinski to help flesh out some songs in hopes of recording a demo and recruiting new members. What started as a temporary project quickly turned permanent as the group, a trio at that time, realized they were on to something special that tapped into the exact Tom Petty/John Mellencamp/Kings of Leon vibe that inspired Seese in the first place.
It was obvious that a second guitarist was needed to fill out the sound and Jason Lizzi answered that call with an immediate impact by adding blistering solos and melodic leads. However, shortly after the first live performance, The Redlines began the cliched’ cycle of replacement drummers infamously made popular by Spinal Tap.
The band gained solid footing in 2017 with the addition of Mark Ciorra on drums. Along with a steady beat and crisp footwork, Ciorra also brought a calming presence, a willingness to experiment, and openness to allowing more room in the songs that opens the door for guest musicians, additional instrumentation, and a more mature sound.
This growth is evident on the band’s latest release, Bones Under the Morning Sun, a 2021 full-length that adds 5 new songs to the previously released 5-song “This Road Can Go On” EP. These new songs, recorded by Jake Hanner (of Donora fame) at Play On Recording in Bakerstown, PA, put the evolution of the band on display by highlighting the growing cohesive and collective songwriting of the band.
Working in close partnership with the Pittsburgh-based Swade Records, the band continues to push the limits on the changing landscape of the music industry by releasing and re-releasing music on various formats and through different services. With this latest LP, The Redlines have two full-length albums available alongside 2 EPs in addition to seven singles.
Songs from these albums have garnered airplay on Pittsburgh’s WXDX (105.9 The X), Butler’s WLER (97.7), Youngstown, Ohio’s WNCD (93.3 The Wolf), Sirius XM’s Little Stevens Underground Garage channel, and are in the regular rotation on multiple Internet-based radio stations. The band has also performed live on WDVE (102.5) as part of the DVE Coffeehouse.
On the stage The Redlines break out all the stops to put on an entertaining performance. Not content to simply play songs directly from their albums, varied as they are, the band mixes up originals and covers by enlisting the help of other musicians on the bill whenever the opportunity presents itself. Percussionists, violinists, singers and banjo and keyboard players have all joined to ensure that no show is the same. The band has entertained crowds at Mr. Smalls Theater, Jergels, Club Cafe, Howler’s Coyote Cafe, the 31st St. Pub, Wooley Bullys, and Peter B’s as well as venturing out to Ohio to play Cedars (Youngstown) and The Buzzbin (Canton). The summer festival season has seen the band invited to R.A.N.T, The Pittsburgh Marathon, and The Deutschtown Music Festival, and for the last four years, The Band Jam Grass Roots Music Festival.